SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 05: Swans players look dejected after losing the round 16 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Geelong Cats at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 5, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Former Saint and Roo Nick Dal Santo believes Sydney cannot win the premiership if they don’t alter their style of play.

Dal Santo is convinced that, rather ironically, the qualities that make the Swans so admirable and respectable on-field are the same things that make them vulnerable during matches – as displayed in their disappointing 12-point loss to Geelong last night.

“I think, in my opinion after watching the game last night, they can’t win the premiership continually playing this way,” he told SEN Breakfast.

“I don’t know if they can change. They’ve been doing this under Paul Roos going back 10-15 years now. This has been the same style.”

Dal Santo explains that teams should know exactly what they are going to get when they play the Swans.

He says we should know they don’t bottom out, so you will get a combative two hours of football, and the opposition are going to walk off sorer than any other side.

“You know where Josh Kennedy is going to be, you know what role Buddy (Lance Franklin) is going to play, you know Jake Lloyd is going to be getting handballs and a lot of uncontested possession off half back.”

John Longmire’s men will be keen to hit back against North Melbourne next Sunday at Etihad Stadium.